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    #87018 - 10/10/10 11:39 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Violet]
    Bassetlover Offline
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    Registered: 03/22/09
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    Originally Posted By: Violet

    If you want a book that relates to giftedness, however, I would recommend Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (although you may have seen or heard this recommendation a multitude of times). The book is about a young boy named Ender Wiggin who, from a misdeed he does, gets awarded with the promise of a military camp. He goes through rigorous treatment, but that's all I could summarize (I'm not finished yet... blush). However, the story is rather interesting. If you want something that gifted kids to relate to while probing the complexity of war, this is for you!



    Great suggestion. DD14 *loved* Ender's Game when she read it a few years ago, and liked one of the sequels, Ender's Shadow about as much. She read a few other ones but didn't like them as good as those two, but there are a bunch of different opportunities for sequels/prequels if your kid likes Ender's Game.
    I will, though, warn that this probably isn't the best series for kids under 10-11, even if they are on the reading level. When DD was into the series I looked into it, and there is a lot of Brutal Violence, a few sexual themes (maybe more in the other books), and about every curse word known to man (once again, I believe this was more in ender's shadow). I know some parents are fine with this, and it is a *Brilliant* book (probably still one of my daughter's favorite books), but I just wanted you to be aware that this was a book intended for Adults in the beginning and therefore isn't the greatest for all kids, especially the sensitive ones.

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    #87687 - 10/20/10 05:06 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Bassetlover]
    DeHe Offline
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    Registered: 08/07/10
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    Hi
    Just got a great picture book about giftedness being different and joining in- Archibald Frisby by Michael Chesworth. It's about a little boy who is only interested in science and thinks he doesn't need to do anything else but learn and think, so his mom who thinks he should do more than that sends him to camp and he has a wonderful time, and makes friends, and his skills and abilities are appreciated. Just read it and DS didn't say much but he is pouring over it. I think it's really resonating with him in terms of not opting out just because you want to read and learn.

    DeHe

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    #87764 - 10/21/10 03:11 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    BWBShari Offline
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    I our never ending search for new books for DS7, I came across a copy of 20,000 leagues under the sea. DS loved it and has told everyone he knows that they should read it.
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    #88284 - 10/29/10 06:56 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    Grinity Offline
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    Loc: Connecticut
    I was recently chatting about my childrens//YA favorite books of all times. I will admit that some of these were 'read aloud' to DS14 at a much younger age, but I enjoyed and remembered them.

    Lois Lowry books, such as:
    1993 The Giver, winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal
    2000 Gathering Blue
    2004 Messenger
    2006 Gossamer
    or by Jerry Spinelli,
    Stargirl 2000
    Maniac Magee 1990
    Loser 2002
    or Bruce Coville's
    Series
    Magic Shop

    The Monster's Ring. Aladdin (1989). ISBN 0671693891
    Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Aladdin (1992). ISBN 0671747827
    Jennifer Murdley's Toad. Aladdin (1993). ISBN 0671794019
    The Skull of Truth. Aladdin (1999). ISBN 0671023438
    Juliet Dove, Queen of Love. Harcourt (2003). ISBN 0152045619
    Space Brat 2: Blork's Evil Twin
    Space Brat 3: The Wrath of Squat
    Space Brat 4: Planet of the Dips
    Space Brat 5: The Saber-Toothed Poodnoobie
    Rod Albright Alien Adventures

    Aliens Ate My Homework
    I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X
    The Search for Snout (Aliens Stole My Dad in the UK)
    Aliens Stole My Body

    This batch is a bit tougher to chew:
    Annals of the Western Shore is a children's book series by Ursula K. Le Guin. Each book has different main characters and settings, but the books are linked by some recurring characters and locations. Gifts won the PEN Center USA 2005 Children's literature award.[1] Powers further won the 2008 Nebula Award for Best Novel. [2]

    It consists of three books:

    Gifts, 2004
    Voices, 2006
    Powers, 2007

    Here's one lovely enough to read aloud to the whole family:
    Seedfolks (1997) is a novelette written by Paul Fleischman,
    and by Gail Carson Levine, Dave at Night (1999)

    The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's adventure novel and a modern fairy tale published in 1961, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer, who wrote, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears.

    Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time?
    Love and More Love,
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    #89589 - 11/14/10 07:00 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Grinity]
    RobotMom Offline
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    I'm sure these have come up before, but DD7 and I are reading "George's cosmic treasure hunt" by Stephen and Lucy Hawking and she is eating it up.
    It got her thinking so much that I now have to find an astronomy professor at the local university who is willing to talk to her about some of the ideas brought up in it because I do not know the answers to her questions, and I know that some of the questions don't have answers yet, but she's not willing to believe me that even the astronomers don't know some of the answers yet!
    We already read George's secret key to the universe and she loved that one too.

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    #90201 - 11/27/10 07:41 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    shellymos Offline
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    Registered: 08/20/08
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    Loc: New York
    Has anyone read any of the books from the "Secret Series" by Pseudonymous Bosch
    such as "If you're reading this, it's too late"
    http://www.amazon.com/Youre-Reading-This-Late-Secret/dp/0316113689/ref=pd_sim_b_1

    looks like an interesting series to read and wasn't sure what others thought and the appropriateness for a 6yo.

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    #90202 - 11/27/10 07:56 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: shellymos]
    DeHe Offline
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    Registered: 08/07/10
    Posts: 735
    Shellymos
    It sounds terrific! My DS almost 5 would love it so i hope someone sounds in about appropriateness. On amazon they relate it to lemony snicket which has too much stuff I am not sure mine is ready for. He does get afraid of things, but sometimes it's just that he can't stop thinking of them. I have sort of decided that right now for chapter books I can't move him up, he is loving the magic school bus chapter books, but the chapter books older than this all have inappropriate elements, school kid relationships he doesn't get yet or hasn't experienced. In the George books by hawking he was distracted by the great story and didn't pay much attention to the bullying. But in science books, I am, constantly looking for more depth in a format that still appeals to him visually. Wow did I get long winded for a I haven't seen it yet, but love the suggestion, sorry!!!

    DeHe

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    #90203 - 11/27/10 08:13 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    jesse Offline
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    Registered: 04/10/09
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    Loc: twilightzone
    Secret Series by Bosch is a fun read for kids. It depends if your child is bothered by talks of death or not and bad guys. My DC didn't like bad guys last year but we've introduced them a bit and this year, not a problem at all. Really enjoyed the series.

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    #90205 - 11/27/10 09:42 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    shellymos Offline
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    lol DeHe, I can't figure out if DS is bothered by any of that stuff. He doesn't seem to be...but we haven't delved into certain things that I don't think he is ready for. Although he has read many books that I haven't yet. I just got him Phantom Tollbooth a couple days ago and he is almost done, and he is almost through the second book of the mysterious benedict society that he is reading with DH at night. We also read the george books and he really liked them a lot. We haven't read Harry Potter and some of those books though because I am not sure he is ready for that. It's so hard to know and I don't have time to read every book first.

    Thanks Jesse, we may be brave and try it. Maybe I will order the first one and read it before Christmas and give it to him if I think it is okay. Is there actual death, or talk of death? Is there lots of violence?

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    #90206 - 11/27/10 10:12 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    jesse Offline
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    Registered: 04/10/09
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    Loc: twilightzone
    shellymos, if he's read mysterious benedict society 1,2 then I'm thinking he'll be fine with the secret series. I think the benedict society books were heavier in terms of moral issues and possible violent scenes smile

    there is an assumption of death and talks about it, but of course, the story has a twist. You'll enjoy reading it! smile

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